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Totally Random Video: When Mary and Rhoda found their way back to each other in a 2000 TV movie

The great Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper are both gone now. Both lived to be 80, had long successful careers and were beloved by their legions of fans.

I’m so glad that the pair got back together in 2000 for a two-hour reunion movie simply called Mary and Rhoda that allowed them to step back into their iconic characters of Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern, roles for which they each won four Emmys.

The reunion movie wasn’t great – maybe it needed a laugh track or a cameo from Phyllis or Mr. Grant. But it was great to see this fabulous duo back together as Mary and Rhoda.

In these scenes, the two BFFs reunite after many years apart. Mary is in NYC and newly widowed (she had married a congressman and worked at ABC News) while Rhoda married and moved to Paris. Her husband was a big cheater so they divorced. Both have daughters and are facing far different challenges than a bad date on a Saturday night in Minneapolis.

Harper still seems like Rhoda but Moore doesn’t seem to have much of old Mare’s “spunk.”

Let me know what you think of their scenes.


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2 Remarks

  1. I don’t remember much about this movie. I do remember looking forward to seeing it and then being disappointed. Too much time had gone by, and the spark from the original series was gone. According to the Wiki article for this, it said that there were plans by ABC to reboot the series in the late 90s but the plans fell apart. This is what we got instead.

  2. It’s nice. A little too serious for a comedy. You were right in that Valerie really brought Rhoda back, Mary unfortunately wasn’t quite as well recaptured. Mary was a great actress though. Just too dramatic for a comedy.

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